Even as a child, Juan Salgado has always had an interest in art. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 21, 1982 and introduced to the discipline by his older brother Miguel Salgado, he has always managed to capture life in the most interesting ways. At times his schoolbooks were innocent victims of his hand "I drew everywhere including all my school textbooks". After years of a traditional school environment, he enrolled in Escuela Central de Artes Visuales, a change that would strongly influence his career. In this environment he was introduced to different mediums and the history behind them. He learned the basics and started to hone his craft.
After completion of high school he enrolled various Universities, where he majored in Paint, Sculpture and Computer Arts. Although he never graduated, he gained multiple skills and experiences that have helped expand his knowledge and have helped him throughout his career as an artist.
Juan Salgado's interest in tattooing also started at a young age. As a child he was most recognized for drawing his skin with markers. With his first tattoo at seventeen, Juan stated to get an early taste of what was to come. He stated to explore the medium in 2002 but never had any intents of pursuing the medium fulltime or even becoming a tattoo artist. Taught by an old childhood friend who had recently reentered his life, it seemed that destiny had played its hand again. "From that moment on, I felt the medium chose me." After a brief stint tattooing in from his home, he quickly found work when a local tattoo shop heard of his work. His professional career started soon after.